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FATHER AND SONS                          49

over twenty, and youth sometimes acted as a handicap for a genius.
Vivacious, irrepressible, ambitious, Su Tungpo felt like a thorough-
bred impatiently pawing the ground, ready to break into whirl-
^wind speed to conquer the world.   But he had a silent partner, Tseyu,
, and an old father, deep in intellectual penetration, uncompromising
in spirit, and socially aloof in character, who held the pair of thorough-
breds in check.